San Jose del Cabo Travel Guide

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Sneak Peek at Hyatt's First All-Inclusive Brand, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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  Site Where: Paseo Malecón Sn Lote 5, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
November 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hyatt Hotels got us reconsidering all-inclusive resorts when they announced their new brands, Zilara and Ziva. It couldn't be all that bad if Hyatt put their name on it, right?

Now that we've actually seen one of the properties in person, we're even more ready to give the all-inclusive experience a whirl.

We peeped at the former Barcelo Cabo in Mexico as it was undergoing some last-minute touch-ups to turn into the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, a family-friendly resort. (Hyatt Zilara in Cancún will be adults-only.)

The good news is that the Barcelo property is rather new (it opened in 2009) and so the rooms, public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, pools and even the kids' club area are all in excellent condition. (We especially loved the giant flat-screen TVs which also accessed the internet as well.) All Hyatt really had to do was make some cosmetic adjustments, change up the signs and tweak the all-inclusive plans.

You can read more about the plans here but the basic all-inclusive plan includes not just food and alcohol from the eight restaurants on-site (most are a la carte and only two are buffets) but also entertainment options, daily and nightly activities, fitness center, kids club and WiFi. The Club Premium Plan gets you a few more perks like private check-in, access to the Exclusive Premium Level Lounge, 20 percent off spa and salon services, welcome amenities and other goodies.

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Jennifer Aniston Returns to Cabo Resort--This Time With The Batemans

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  Site Where: KM 21 Carretera Transpenisular, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
August 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

From the photo above, it's clear that Jennifer Aniston is totally into fiancé Justin Theroux. She and her beaux returned for a second jaunt to her favorite exclusive resort, the El Dorado Golf & Beach Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. The couple was just there in December.

Only strange thing? This couple can't seem to travel by themselves! They're always bringing people with them. Last year it was John Krazinksi, Emily Blunt, and Jimmy Kimmel. This year Jason Bateman and wife Amanda Anka came along.

What's the matter, Jennifer, aren't you able to spend some QT solo with your betrothed, the man who's been waiting and waiting for you to make an honest man of him? Maybe trade that SmartWater you're always toting around (always the consummate spokesperson!) for something a bit stronger and get the liquid courage to be alone with Justin at that beautiful resort.

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Spend Your Valentine's Day Scoping Out Celebs at the One&Only Palmilla

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  Site Where: KM 7 5 Carre Transpeninsula, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
February 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every Valentine's Day, we're inundated with crazy hotel packages that would require a Real Housewives-sized budget (and aren't all that inventive). So this week, we're taking a look at affordable, but fun deals that us regular folks would book.

You know what's romantic? Somewhere warm with no snow, like Los Cabos. If you're looking to plan a special Valentine's Day getaway with your honey, you might want to show you care by upping sticks to celeb favorite One&Only Palmilla.

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Opening A Window Into Las Ventanas Al Paraiso

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Carreterra Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico, 23400
October 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve already told you about some of our favorite amenities at Cabo’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso, including their famous sorbet-scooping pool butlers, in-room aromatherapy, and the after-dinner bath experience, and we brought you an exclusive interview with their on-staff Director of Romance.

Today, we’re going to take you inside one of their Ocean View Terrace Junior Suites with this exclusive video walk-through and photo gallery.

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Las Ventanas Al Paraiso's Director of Romance Sets the Mood

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Carreterra Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico, 23400
October 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos has come up with some pretty awesome amenities over time—pool butlers who will bring you iPods and “Hot Type” books and afternoon sorbet; aromatherapy, after-dinner bath, and bed sheet menus for the guest suites; sewing kits that have been personalized to the palette of your wardrobe; a tequila welcome platter with various gourmet salts; protected sea turtle release; and, of course, our favorite: a Director of Romance on staff. File that under Cool Hotel Jobs.

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Las Ventanas Creates a Whole Mythology Behind Its New Uniforms

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Carreterra Transpeninsula, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
August 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

While some hotel uniforms help set a sexy mood and others seem to have no purpose at all, the new threads worn by staff at Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos have elaborate stories behind them.

Mexican designers Maria Rosario Mendoza and Alejandro Julian drew on their country's history and culture to create different get-ups for every department. Each uniform has its own embroidered design or color combo that symbolizes a particular job at the resort. But the hotel stretches the symbolism a bit too far, though.

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Invent 'The World's Most Awesome Hotel Job' and Win Two Trips to Marquis Los Cabos Resort

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  Site Where: Carr Transpeninsular Km 21 5, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
March 2, 2010 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

After the contest, this Casita could be meticulously attended by the resort's new Casita Feng Shui Enhancer.

There's been a lot of talk lately about folks wanting to work in hotels but even if you aren't a gold medal Olympian, you can still find a hotel job that suits you. Namely, because you're the one who invented it.

The all-suite The Marquis Los Cabos Resort in Mexico has kicked off a fun new contest via its Facebook page, asking folks to submit their suggestions for "The World's Most Awesome Hotel Job." Coconut keeper, whale spotter, towel fluffer, margarita taster, massage tester, all of those would work.

Contest participants need to upload a one-minute video to the hotel's Facebook page detailing their "most awesome hotel job" suggestion. The catch is that the job description has to be beneficial to the resort's guests.

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Jennifer Aniston Was Well-Protected at The One and Only Palmilla

Where: KM 7 5 Carre Transpeninsula, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
February 12, 2010 at 8:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hitting up the the One and Only Palmilla and worried that paparazzi might be trying to snap pictures of you and your friends (including Gerard Butler) celebrating your 41st birthday in bikinis?

Well if you're Jennifer Aniston, then you have nothing to worry about--the resort will pull out all the stops to ensure your privacy is safe.

SF Gate reports:

In an agreed TV interview with reporter Billy Bush, the actress pointed out the paparazzi boats out at sea, full of snappers who tried to get saucy shots of the star.

But resort staff, police and the local coast guard went beyond the call of duty to make sure the trip was a relaxing one.

She explains, "Our gang ... has been holding up these mirrors ... to sort of disrupt their photographs ... I think any guest who comes here would hope to have a little privacy. I think it's very nice."

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The Classy Way to Consume Tequila in Cabo

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
August 24, 2009 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know we love the infinity pools and the Department of Romance (staffed by a dedicated "Romance Coordinator") at the Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort in Cabo, but now it seems like the hotel figures all guests really need is a shot of good tequila to get the fiesta going.

Before you ask: no, this is not your chance to relive that glorious (and foggy) spring break you spent in Cancun doing body shots off sunburned coeds. The exclusive hotel is now offering classes led by their in-house Tequileros on the fine art of tequila appreciation. And you even get a diploma at the end...provided you’re coherent enough to answer the final test question.

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One & Only Palmilla Thinks You Need a 'Lifestyle Consultation'

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  Site Where: Km 7.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
July 29, 2009 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

We'd probably punch one of our friends in the face if they suggested we pursue something called a "Lifestyle Consultation," (as Mary J. Blige says, we think our life's "just fine") — but if they spun it as a component of a Stress Management Journey, we're pretty sure we'd be a bit more open to the idea. HotelChatterin' can wear a sista out; stress management doesn't sound too bad.

In August 2009, One&Only Palmilla will be rolling out a 3-day "Stress Management Journey" at the One&Only Spa by ESPA. It's a holistic program designed to, for lack of a more accurate descriptor, get yo' life right.

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Score Tory Burch Outfits to Wear on Your One&Only Palmilla Vacay

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  Site Where: Km. 7.5, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
June 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Stella went to go get her groove back, she jetted to a luxe-ish resort and dressed herself in cute linen-y, breezy outfits to look the part of upscale vacationer without a care in the world, looking gorgeous effortlessly. And while Stella went to go grab her lost groove in Montego Bay, we'd be down for hitting up a resort in North America — and One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos appeals to the Stella in us.

Here's why: 'cause we could win ourselves a Tory Burch wardrobe to wear while we're down there. Oh, and we can win a trip down there for free along with the Tory duds.

The deal: Every day, the resort is giving away a Tory Burch Summer Essential Kit with a beach towel, a cosmetics bag, a tote bag and flip flops; you can enter to win one of them every day until July 15th. You can enter that little giveaway here.

And when you enter to win the kit, you're automatically entered to win the Grand Prize: a $1200 Tory Burch Shopping Spree (which, let's be real, will probably only stretch as far as 2 or 3 outfits) and a Four-Night stay at the One&Only Palmilla — which includes roundtrip airfare for two, dinner for two at hotel's new Market by Jean-Georges and two massages during your stay.

Or you could just take the trip and gift the wardrobe money to us. We could use some new pairs of ballet flats and some breezy tunics.

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Easy Livin': Cabo Surf Hotel Has a Surf School On Site

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  Site Where: Playa Acapulquito Km 28, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
January 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you're a Mexico Virgin or not, the Cabo Surf Hotel in San Jose del Cabo sounds kind of awesome. And that's largely due to the Mike Doyle Surf School that's on site.

The school (and hotel) is right on Playa Acapulquito and manned by veteran surfer Mike Doyle. The surf lessons begin at $70 per person for group instruction and range from 1.5 to 2 hours. Private instruction is $95 per person. Those prices include board rentals, beach and water safety instructions, and rashguard use for the lessons.

Students are also asked to arrive 20-minutes early for the lesson to watch a 10-minute instructional video on surfing so you have some idea of what to expect when you hang 10.

Accommodations at the hotel are very chill and laid-back--remember this is a low-key beach hotel, not some five-star resort. Room categories range from a standard ocean room (two double beds) to a junior king villa. The rooms include free WiFi and in some of the larger ones, a kitchenette and jacuzzi. The hotel also has a spa, restaurant and pool on-site. Room rates start at around $265 a night.

Know of another hotel with a cool surfing package? Dish it out dude.

[Photo: Cabo Surf Hotel]